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ela metalanguage 5: semantics

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semantics
the study of meaning in language
semantic field
a group of words related to the same topic or context
denotation
the literal or 'dictionary' meaning of a word
connotation
the implied or suggested meanings associated with a word beyond its dictionary definition
etymology
the history of words, their origin and development
broadening
Meaning shift in which words refer to a more general class of items than previously
narrowing
Meaning shift in which words refer to a more specific class of items or objects.
elevation
Meaning shift in which words take on more positive connotations or denotations
deterioration
Meaning shift in which words take on more negative connotations or denotations
semantic shift
a clear change in the denotative meaning
inference
Using what you already know plus what you read in the text to draw a conclusion